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Suffering and sickness in the Holy Bible – Part 14

By Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide
06 February 2022   |   3:55 am
“Therefore, I will be to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness. 13When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to King Jareb; yet he cannot cure you, nor heal you of your wound.” (Hos 5:12,13)

Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Reasons For Believers’ Sickness (cont’)
Read also Jn. 5:14; Lk 5:20, 24, 25; Mt. 9:2; Mk. 2:5-7; Ps. 66:11; Ps. 38:2-4; Ps. 107:17, 18; Acts 12:21-23; 1 Cor. 11:30-32 Read Hosea 5. God’s severity toward Israel.

“Therefore, I will be to Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah like rottenness. 13When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to King Jareb; yet he cannot cure you, nor heal you of your wound.” (Hos 5:12,13)

“as a moth…like rottenness” (v13). Because of their idolatry, God would turn His people over to sickness and disease (v.13). Ephraim (the northern Israel) and Judah would decay. Sin brings God’s judgment; for us there is only one cure for sin, the cure God has provided—the blood of Jesus.
“Fear the LORD and shun evil…This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones…” (Prov. 3:7,8)
How obeying God’s laws can keep us from sickness

“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exo 15:26)

God promised that if the people obeyed Him they would be free from the diseases that plagued the Egyptians. Little did they know that many of the moral laws he later gave them were designed to keep them free from sickness. For example, following God’s law against prostitution would keep them free of venereal disease. God’s laws for us are often designed to keep us from harm. Men and women are complex beings. Our physical emotional, and spiritual lives are intertwined. Modern medicine is now acknowledging what these laws assumed. If we want God to care for us, we need to submit to His directions for living.
Punishment for disobedience (Lv. 26:14-16, 21; Nm 14:12; Dt. 28:61; 2 Chr 26:16-23; Ps. 88:9, 16; Ps. 107:10, 11, 17-20; Hab. 3:5; Jer. 34:17). But note that this is a refining discipline from God for restoration and healing.

“But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, 15and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant (Lv. 26:14)

16I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. 21‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.” (Lv. 26:16, 21). Mobile: +234 803 344 6614; +234 808 123 7987